1997: On April 1, Ponytail Pete Karmanos told The Courant the Whalers are leaving Hartford. ``It's dead. Absolutely dead." It wasn't an April Fool's joke. 1997: On April 13, Kevin Dineen, going out like John Wayne with his guns blazing, scored the last goal in Hartford NHL history, a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay. Trivia: The Lightning's Dino Ciccarelli scored the last goal.
John Clarke Russ / Special to The Courant